It makes sense — like any other city family, many LA families eventually opt to move to suburbia. Now, though, that “suburbia” looks a lot different — because, now, countless LA families are opting out of the traditional area ‘burbs and, instead, heading to Dallas.
And these LA transplants aren’t alone. As many millennials and young families are discovering, Dallas has A LOT to offer. The Dallas-Fort Worth area is the fastest-growing city in the US with, already, more than 7,000,000 residents — just behind New York, Chicago and Los Angeles in terms of population.
Some other reasons LA families are making this massive move?
#1 Lower Cost of Living
You get more for your money in Dallas, period. Whether you’re buying a house, lunch or paying for your daily commute, living in Dallas is more affordable than LA — and you don’t have to trade quality or amenities for that reduced price tag.
To compare apples to apples, consider this: the 2017 Cost of Living Index for Dallas was 70.20, or 2% higher than the national average. Compare that to Los Angeles’ 80.67 and it’s clear where your dollar goes farther. Need more convincing? Factor in the cost of living, and Dallas ranks third in the nation for highest wages.
#2 The Housing Market is on Fire
It’s a great time to be a buyer in Dallas. Real estate is booming with the rate per square foot averaging $202 and the average home selling for just over $300,000. In LA and the higher priced LA suburbs, expect to pay close to $450 per square foot.
That said, Dallas also has some of the biggest and most luxurious homes in the country, with tons of new construction popping up everywhere. Beyond that, there are lots of amazing, diverse neighborhoods ideal for any personality or lifestyle — more on that in a minute.
#3 Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
Current employer not keen on a Dallas office? Don’t worry. The Dallas job market is booming, with companies like American Airlines, ExxonMobil, AT&T, Southwest Airlines and Texas Health Resources setting down HQs in the area — and more moving in over the next 12 months.
#4 An Upbeat, Progressive Culture
People that are used to Los Angeles’ fast-paced, anything-goes culture will feel right at home in the cultural mixing pot that is Dallas. The city’s bustling downtown has undergone a series of renovations in recent years, ushering in an era of microbreweries, speakeasy-style bars, craft coffee shops, film festivals and eclectic shops.
Dallas is even running “Say Yes to Dallas,” a PR campaign that underscores the city’s appeal to younger generations and business professionals.
#5 All the Amenities Los Angelinos Appreciate
Whether you spend your weekends shopping, planning play dates, hitting your local farmers’ market for organic fruits and veggies, playing sports or crawling the local bars, you’ll find find all your favorite haunts and more in DFW metro area. With more than 200 cities in the region, it’s safe to say there’s always something to do, no matter the season.
Pining for arts, music and culture? Dallas has you covered there, too. The area is home to hundreds of small museums and art galleries! The Dallas Arts District, the Nasher Sculpture Center and the AT&T Performing Arts Center are great starting points.
#6 Lakeside, Mountain, Urban Living…Dallas Has it All
Whether you prefer downtown LA, San Fernando Valley, Hollywood Hills or life at the beach, you won’t have to give anything up — Dallas has something comparable within its own borders.
The city’s urban center is well-planned, beautiful and has great amenities. Those who love the great outdoors can hang at White Rock Lake. Shopping your thing? The Park Cities area is calling your name.
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